Community Reviews: What the Community Is Saying Guide: DFW Summer Camps for 2011

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Summer camps help your child develop character, learn valuable life skills, make new friends and discover new interests. DFW has many different types of camps to offer: academic, sports-related, arts/music, adventure camps and more. Talk to the kids to find out their interests and everyone wins.

#10. Creative Soul School of Modern Music

Rock Camp: a mix of everything packed into an exciting weeklong session. Students will learn how to play in a band, write original songs and perform live in front of family and friends. Students will receive instruction in guitar, voice, drums, piano or bass. No prior experience necessary. Enrollment open to students ages 8-18 years.


Fort Worth Star Telegram Article-"Tunes from early childhood education classes are music to DFW parents' ears"

Posted Sunday, Jul. 17, 2011
By Sarah Bahari

FORT WORTH -- At 3 months old, Abigail Dzurik's mild colic would melt away at the sound of music. Her eyes would grow bigger, and her arms would sway.

So her parents, Matt and Yvette Dzurik, enrolled Abigail, now 11 months, in early childhood education music class at Texas Christian University. Once a week, the family sings, claps, dances and plays instruments together.

"My husband and I are both clueless about music. We know nothing," Yvette Dzurik said. "But we wanted to help her be musical and expose her to music from an early age."

No age is too early, music educators say. At TCU, classes are offered throughout the week starting at birth. Children as young as 3 weeks old have attended Saturday music classes at the University of North Texas. In Watauga, Creative Soul School of Modern Music added a class three years ago for infants and toddlers in response to interest from parents.

At a recent class for newborns to 4-year-olds at TCU, children sang about pizza, danced with imaginary teddy bears, banged on drums, strummed guitars and clapped to the beat.

"My daughter is sort of shy, and she really responds to the music and movement," said Kathleen Bundy, of Colleyville, whose 2-year-old daughter, Claire, tapped her knees to the beat and twirled to music. "This encourages us to sing together all week."

Parents listed a variety of reasons for joining, many noting research that shows music is beneficial to the development of a baby's brain. Some said they wanted to introduce their children to music now, because they worried fine arts programs would not exist in public schools. Nearly all said they wanted their children to learn about music with kids around the same age.

"Children are sponges at this age, and they learn everything from watching their parents and other kids," said Jennifer DeSantis, TCU's early childhood music program coordinator. "If you have fun and dance to the music, they will, too."

TCU started its early childhood music program more than 20 years ago, but classes have grown in the past three or so years as more parents recognize the benefits, such as language development, DeSantis said.

When Warren Henry started the early childhood music program at UNT 15 years ago, he said parents and others frequently asked him, "Why on earth would babies need music class?"

"That question is asked less frequently now," said Henry, associate dean for UNT's College of Music. "As a country, we have begun to recognize how critically important music is as a foundation upon which everything else is built. We've come a long way."

Attendance at Creative Soul has increased in the past couple of years, and director Casey Thomas said he foresees that trend continuing as parents want to ensure their children receive a well-rounded education in the face of public school budget cuts. In class, which is called Kindermusik, infants and toddlers learn basic movement, rhythm and vocabulary.

"It's like learning a foreign language," Thomas said. "You want to start as early as possible."

"It's like learning a foreign language," Thomas said. "You want to start as early as possible."

At TCU's class, children responded to music by cooing or babbling, sitting quietly or swaying. Yvette Dzurik said she has occasionally thought her daughter, Abigail, did not even pay attention, only to get home and see her clapping or swaying to the beat of the same songs.

"We're sometimes surprised by how much she picks up," she said. "You can see her perk up when the music starts."

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Article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram

Schools teach kids music the hard way
Heavy-metal approach appeals to 'Guitar Hero' generation, owners say

By MARK AGEE Star-Telegram Staff Writer

Behind a mix of headbanging and hair-twirling at the Creative Soul music school in Watauga last week was a sound a lot bigger than the kids making it.

Six 11-year-olds, some of whom had never picked up a musical instrument before this year, were wailing Metallica's Enter Sandman, a heavy-metal song that was released about six years before they were born. The band's name is Tin -- a play on the word ten, because that's how old the first members were when they got together.

"I like the classic stuff," said Payne Morgan, a guitarist and one of the group's singers. "I've always liked rocking out to it."

Creative Soul is one of a few music schools in the area using an approach that might seem revolutionary to those who remember pecking away at scales for hours during piano lessons.

"We ask what songs they want to learn and teach them that," said Casey Thomas, who opened Creative Soul in January 2007. "They are so much more enthusiastic that way. Reading music and learning theory and all that stuff can come later, after they've fallen in love with it."

Different approach Mike Mroz opened his For Those About to Rock School in Southlake in 2004, after his home lessons were drawing 50 students a week.

"I'd just teach them AC/DC songs, and they loved it," Mroz said. He's the guitarist for Back in Black, a Dallas-based AC/DC cover band that has developed a following. "If they like it, they're practicing more and they can't help but get good. It's a lot different from how I learned. You know, 'Here's your C chord. Come back next week, and we'll do Kumbaya and Twinkle, Twinkle.'"

Several schools in Dallas are similar, and Keller School of Music offers a garage-band class.

Both Creative Soul and For Those About to Rock focus on getting students into bands so they can play together. They each claim more than 200 students, and Mroz opened a second location in Plano. Lessons at For Those About to Rock cost $159 a month. Creative Soul charges $99 a month for private lessons and $125 for band development.

Thomas and Mroz both said the students' music choices have been a big surprise. "I thought I'd have to learn every new song that came out so I could teach them, but they're coming in asking to learn Iron Man and Sweet Home Alabama," Mroz said. "I had three kids in a week wanting to learn Surrender by Cheap Trick.

"It's what their parents listen to, and it's [the video game] Guitar Hero. Classic rock will never die."

Concerts, too
Both schools also focus on putting together shows for their students. Mroz's students played at Main Street Days in Grapevine this month. Creative Soul has a 16-band show lined up Sunday at 8.0 Restaurant and Bar in Sundance Square in Fort Worth, including adult beginners and an all-girl band. The youngest group is made up of 8-year-olds who call themselves Soldiers of Rock.

"It helps people's confidence when they play out at real venues," Thomas said. "They can feel the energy of the crowd and the music, and it motivates them to practice harder so they can do it again."

Tin will be there. It will be the band's second gig. Its first was last year at a pizza place that later closed. "That's purely coincidental," joked Drew Duffy, the group's bassist and sometimes-singer.

He swore that his throat didn't hurt from screeching out Enter Sandman half an octave lower than he usually talks. "That's how you gotta sing it -- so it rocks," he said.
Posted on Wed, May. 28, 2008

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